HOW TO: Make Salt Dough Easter Egg Ornaments for Easter Trees and Egg Hunts

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1. Gather the ingredients and supplies you will need.

For the eggs: (Makes 10 eggs, this recipe is easily multiplied)

  • 1 cup flour, plus a little more for rolling out the dough
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup water, or as needed

Other supplies:

  • Egg shaped cookie cutter (We couldn’t find one, so we just bent a round one into an oval egg shape!)
  • Toothpick
  • Acrylic or tempera paint (I highly recommend acrylic over tempera paint, but I also advocate for using what you have on hand! The tempera paint requires more coats of paint and has a more powdery, cracked finish. Since these are kid creations, it did not matter to us, but the acrylic paints we had on hand delivered a much more “finished” look)
  • Any other decoration tools, such as glitter, that you might want to use (optional)
  • Clear nail polish/shellac (also optional, but this gives a more finished look and seals in the paint for longer use)
  • Twine, string, or whatever you want to hang your ornaments with

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2. Make the dough and cut out the eggs.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt and mix well. Gradually add the water and mix until it has a putty-like consistency. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is smooth and well-combined. Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out the eggs and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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3. Make a hanging hole.

Using a toothpick, make a hole at the top of the egg, twisting to make sure the hole stays large enough for string or ribbon to go through.

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